Versus, 'On the Ones and Threes' (Merge)

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by Jon Young

With the original lineup reconvening for their first album in a decade, Versus equal the eclectic, tautly melodic indie pop they crafted throughout the '90s. Weirdly calm yet supremely uneasy, On the Ones and Threes fluctuates constantly from folk to psychedelia to grunge, often in a single song. Guitarist Richard Baluyut and bassist Fontaine Toups croon dejectedly about death and other downers on songs like the gorgeous "Into Blue" and the stormy title track, noting, "We're all just specks of dust," as they cast a disturbing spell that lingers long after the music's over.

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